A DuPage County judge issued a no-bail warrant Wednesday after the former president of the Wheaton North High School Booster Club, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11,000 from the organization, ditched her sentencing hearing.
Dorothy "Dee" Horky, 58, of Winfield failed to attend her third consecutive court date. When she is sentenced, she faces between three and seven years in prison for the thefts.
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When Horky failed to appear, her attorney, Tim Martin, told Judge Daniel Guerin that he spoke to his client Tuesday night and discussed the case's possible outcomes.
In the middle of the night, though, she left a voice message at Martin's office indicating she would harm herself at 4:30 a.m. Martin told Guerin. "I got the message at 9:30 a.m.," he said.
Winfield police, along with DuPage County state's attorney investigators, then went to Horky's home for a well-being check.
"Her husband let the officers in and did not seem to know why they were there," investigator Dave Zdan told Guerin. "(Horky) was lying on a couch in the basement watching television. She was coherent but lethargic."
Zdan said she was then taken to Central DuPage Hospital for physical and psychiatric examinations.
Assistant State's attorney Diane Michalak asked for the warrant and a court date of Sept. 29 to ensure the case gets resolved.
"This appears to be yet another attempt to stall these proceedings," she said.
In June, Martin told Guerin that Horky had not been honest with him about having surgery that caused her to miss her May 29 court date and was instead receiving outpatient medical treatment for a different situation.
When Horky is picked up on the warrant, likely after completing the evaluations, she will be held in DuPage County Jail with no chance of bail until the Sept. 29 date.
From May 2006 through May 2011, Horky served as president of the booster club and was issued a club credit card with her name on it.
Investigators said Horky took cash advances totaling $10,985.53 between July 2012 and November 2012. She then withdrew $9,838.32 from a club bank account that she had access to and transferred that money to pay for the cash advances she had taken on the credit card.
She was arrested in March 2013 and has been free on $500 bond ever since.